TOO MUCH SEA FOR AMATEURS
Too Much Sea for Amateurs (2016) investigates longing, loneliness, dependability, and the certainty of death: universal realities reflected in maritime culture. It presents the Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse, a visible yet inaccessible landmark of Milwaukee, as a symbol for the dysfunction of a contemporary urban life that prizes self-containment over camaraderie, isolation over obligation, and comfort over valor. I worked with a researcher from a nonprofit organization, Historic Milwaukee, to uncover compelling historical footnotes about the Lighthouse, the building upon which I based my billowing one-fifth scale sculpture. With her input I was able to draw inspiration from a newsworthy storm on October 22nd, 1929, which was violent enough to shake the twenty-inch thick concrete and steel walls.